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Flux by Jane Joritz-Nakagawa reviewed in The Japan Times

 

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Flux

BY KRIS KOSAKA

SPECIAL TO THE JAPAN TIMES

Flux, the new collection of poems by Japan-based poet Jane Joritz-Nakagawa, reveals a myriad of fluctuations and transitions in style and theme. From the poet’s diverse choice of form to her penetrating eye on the collection’s wide range of subject matter, the poems here reveal the constant change in the stream of time. Particularly effective are Joritz-Nakagawa’s prose poems. These stream-of-conscience social commentaries condense one women’s lifetime of sexual experiences to their very essence, with Joritz-Nakagawa constantly crossing the boundary between prose and poetry. Her poems reference modern racial tensions and the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, while quoting the disparate words of the singer Morrissey and Albert Einstein, in a shifting perspective of form and fancy.

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· Paperback: 104 pages

· Binding: Perfect-Bound

· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 

· ISBN: 978-1-60964-155-9

 

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 Words conflate and peel apart with equal ease in Jane Joritz-Nakagawa's poetry. Elliptical but charged by that desire to traverse absences in search of deeper truths, the language in FLUX opens and closes like a fist -- full of haiku-esque moments, fragmented to epigrammatic revelations, tensions, and lyrical, poignant releases.

—CYRIL WONG


Give moving a chance! Perhaps part Acker, perhaps part Ono, FLUX features language agent Joritz-Nakagawa as she writes her way out of a self-torn, flower-torn, money-torn zone . . .

—MICHAEL FARRELL


In Jane Joritz-Nakagawa's FLUX, we encounter a poetic temperament equally at home in the openness of the personal lyric and the laser-sharp probe of social commentary. In her dexterous handling of lineation and compression, the poems oscillate— challenging us to reconsider just about everything we hold dear. Some things, as she says, cannot be translated; yet, with the help of these poems, we are better prepared for what the strange world offers us.

—JENNIFER WALLACE


About incidental music (2010) and notational (2011):

. . . these collections show a poet in full control of her powers and pushing the boundaries of poetry, a fearless and challenging writer in the mode of Lyn Hejinian, Alice Notley, and Susan Howe.

—STEVE FINBOW, The Japan Times
 

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· Paperback: 104 pages

· Binding: Perfect-Bound

· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 

· ISBN: 978-1-60964-155-9

 

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